The data trim plate on this Thunderbird verifies it as a true sport roadster that was delivered new to the New Orleans area in Rangoon Red with a matching red interior. Supplied with a 300 horsepower 390 V-8 and Cruise-O-Matic transmission, it was as fun to drive as it looked and was certainly the ultimate head-turner for the first owner. The next owner will have the pleasure of experiencing an excellent restoration that leaves little to be desired. Options featured on this car include Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels on Firestone radials, a power driver seat, tilt-away steering, a pushbutton AM radio, and a white convertible top. The interior is nearly new in every way. The exterior has an arrow-straight body with fit and finish that is likely better than Ford hoped for. Only a few trim pieces show their age and require little attention. Under the hood, the engine bay is crisp and detailed in every area, with chrome valve covers, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning. Overall, this is an exemplary example that has all of the right colors and options that T-Bird enthusiasts look for.
Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
300 hp, 390 cu. in. overhead valve V-8 with four-barrel carburetor, three-speed automatic transmission, front independent and rear leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113 in.
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel